The 15th edition of the US' biggest science fiction, fantasy, horror and action film festival opens with Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit and has guests including the legendary Takashi Miike.

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Abou Leila
Abou Leila
Two men take an increasingly surreal trip into the desert against the backdrop of Civil War.
Vivarium
Vivarium
In search of a starter home, a young couple follow a mysterious estate agent and get trapped in a strange housing development.
Swallow
Swallow
Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession.
The Cleansing Hour
The Cleansing Hour
Millennial entrepreneurs, Drew and Max, run a webcast that streams live exorcisms that are, in fact, elaborately staged hoaxes. They get their comeuppance when today's actress becomes mysteriously possessed by a real demon that holds the crew hostage.
The Lodge
The Lodge
A young woman and her reticent new stepchildren find themselves isolated in the family’s remote winter cabin, locked away to dredge up the mysteries of her dark past.
Parasite
Parasite
All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.
Jojo Rabbit
Jojo Rabbit
Satire following a lonely boy and his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler, whose nationalistic views are challenged when he discovers his mum is hiding a young Jewish girl.
Wakey Wakey
Wakey Wakey
A nightmare anti-love story featuring blood and guts, the deep blue sea, tooth decay, and scary boyfriends.
Wyrm
Wyrm
In a retro-future alternate universe where children wear electronic collars to monitor their sexual development, one boy, Wyrm, has fallen woefully behind.
VHYes
VHYes
12-year-old Ralph, over one formative week in late 1987, mistakenly records home videos and his favourite late night shows over his parents’ wedding tape, with unexpected consequences.
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